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Agencies, Marketers Affected by Midtown Explosion

Shops in Vicinity of New York's Grand Central Closed

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) �- Following yesterday's steam pipe explosion, New York closed off much of the Grand Central area, leading to a number of ad agencies and some marketers closing today.

McCann Worldgroup (622 Third Ave.), Lowe (150 E. 42nd St.), Altria Group (120 Park Ave.) and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (405 Lexington Ave.) are shuttered until further notice. Employees of these agencies were notified via e-mail or through the companies' employee-information hotlines. At Lowe, employees were advised not to attempt coming into the area even if they needed to pick up personal belongings at the office.

Y&R open for business
However, Young & Rubicam, located on Madison Avenue between 40th Street and 41st Street, is open for business today but will be carefully monitoring the situation in the days ahead.

"We've been communicating with the staff," said Hollie Geren, senior VP-director of corporate marketing for Y&R North America. "We also have an emergency website and number. And on our emergency website there are links to MTA and the New York City government website; so people can have one place to go and have the latest info."

Ms. Geren also said Y&R's building-services staff is constantly in touch with the city and finding out further developments on the situation. "As long as we have the green light to be open, then we will be," she said.

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